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Last Updated: 29 July 2011

Cluster Munition Ban Policy

Commitment to the Convention on Cluster Munitions

Convention on Cluster Munitions status


Participation in Convention on Cluster Munitions meetings

Attended First Meeting of States Parties in Vientiane, Lao PDR in November 2010

Key developments

Accession process underway


Swaziland has not yet acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

In November 2010, Swaziland informed the convention’s First Meeting of States Parties that it supports the “aims and objectives” of the convention and has come to a decision to accede in the “not so distant future.” It said that national procedures to join the convention were “already at an advanced stage.”[1]

Swaziland participated in the Oslo Process that created the Convention on Cluster Munitions. It also joined in the consensus adoption of the convention text in Dublin in May 2008, but could not sign the convention in Oslo in December 2008 due to incorrect paperwork.[2] 

Swaziland has continued to engage in the work of the convention since 2008. It attended a regional conference on cluster munitions held in Pretoria, South Africa in March 2010 and  participated as an observer in the First Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Vientiane, Lao PDR in November 2010. Swaziland did not attend the convention’s intersessional meetings held in Geneva in June 2011.

Swaziland is a State Party to the Mine Ban Treaty. It has not joined the Convention on Conventional Weapons.

Swaziland is not believed to have used, produced, transferred, or stockpiled cluster munitions. 


[1] Statement of Swaziland, First Meeting of States Parties, Convention on Cluster Munitions, Vientiane, 11 November 2010, notes by the CMC. Previously, in October 2009, a government official said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was reviewing the convention and then it would be sent to Cabinet for approval. CMC meeting with Col. Cyprian Nhlengethwa, Ministry of Defence, New York, 15 October 2009, notes by the CMC.

[2] For detail on Swaziland’s policy and practice regarding cluster munitions through early 2010, see ICBL, Cluster Munition Monitor 2010 (Ottawa: Mines Action Canada, October 2010), p. 252.